Awakening to Reality: Poem 14


Three, Five, One —
all is in these three words;
but truly rare are those who understand them
in past and present times.

East is 3, South is 2,
together they make 5;
North is 1, West is 4,
they are the same.

Wu and ji dwell on their own,
their birth number is 5;
when the three families see one another,
the Infant coalesces.

The Infant is the One
holding True Breath;
in ten months the embryo is complete —
this is the foundation for entering sainthood.

Source: Wuzhen pian (Awakening to Reality), poem 14.


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